Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America
Frequently abbreviated as Ft. Lauderdale, this popular destination on the Atlantic coast is located half an hour north of Miami, and includes 7 miles (11km) of beautiful, sugary sand, and crystal clear public beaches. It is also known as the “Venice of America” for its 200 miles of navigable waterways, including the Intracoastal Waterway, and a large number of canals. Obviously, yachting is a popular activity for both residents and tourists alike. Fort Lauderdale hosts more than 14 million visitors annually and is one of the most sought after locations for "snowbirds" who spend the winter and early spring in Florida.
Running along the Atlantic Ocean, “The Strip” (also known as Route A1A) is a popular promenade lined with outdoor restaurants, bars, tourist shops, and luxury hotels.
The city boasts a booming real estate market where the variety of offerings can satisfy anyone seeking the Ft. Lauderdale lifestyle. The waterfront properties located on ocean access canals are a yacht owner's paradise! The canals lead to the Intracostal Waterway, which itself connects to the Atlantic Ocean. The same attention to detail is shown for luxury living in any of the high-rise, ocean front condominiums with upscale amenities where one can enjoy breathtaking sunrise and sunset views from private balconies.
Interesting things to know and visit in Ft. Lauderdale:
- The Las Olas Boulevard, a popular attraction for locals and visitors, is considered to be South Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district.
- Port Everglades is the second most active cruise port in Florida, home to 9 cruise lines that sail 34 cruise ships.
- Thousands of college students annually flock to Ft Lauderdale to enjoy and let loose during spring break.
- The region has excellent connections by Air or Ship to the Bahamas, only 100 miles off shore.
- The Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Fort Lauderdale offers year-round world-class concerts, events, galleries, shopping, and fine dining.
- The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens provides a mix of art, architecture, history, and ecology.
- The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a paradise for nature lovers, offering walking trails, biking, fishing, lagoon with canoes, and playgrounds for children.
- The Antique Car Museum has the world’s largest collection of pre-war Packard automobiles.
- The Stranahan House Museum is the oldest residence in BrowardCounty, built in 1901.
- The Flamingo Gardens are 60 acres of tropical paradise.
- The Swap Shop, an 180,000 sf. air-conditioned shopping and entertainment complex, also includes a flea market and a 14-screen drive-in movie theater.